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Old 07-08-2019, 10:58 AM
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Recently came into some 17 HMR ammo, and was toying with the idea to get a rifle / pistol to shoot it.

I immediately thought of KSA / Crickett / Chipmunk for a rifle / pistol, but found no 17's on their site. I also contacted them, and they confirmed the 17's have been discontinued and they have none in their inventory.

There is obviously the nicer options like the CZ's, Sako Quad, Tikka T1X, Ruger American / RPR, as well as some others, but all are more than I'd like to spend.

So my options are down to used NEF / H&R single shots (seem to be in the high 100's to low 200's), or a Savage 93 (can be had pretty inexpensive for the low-grade models, especially on the used market).

The Marlin 917 also seems like an option, they seem to pop up at a decent price from time to time. The 917 VSF is gorgeous with it's peper laminate stock, stainless action and fluted barrel. However, these (the VSF) are not very budget friendly, or plentiful.

So my question to you guys, would be, what would you suggest as a budget rifle to test the waters with 17HMR?
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Old 07-08-2019, 11:16 AM
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I may be shooting myself in the foot here cause I am looking for one myself but, the NEF/H&R Sportster is an excellent accurate to a fault rifle save for the terrible transfer bar trigger.
The one I currently have shoots one hole at 25 yds and under 1/2" at 50.

These guns are lots of fun to shoot once you "fix" the triggers. There are some significant "tricks" to doing this but if you are satisfied with the transfer bar system you will have one great shooter.

Additionally, since a purchase will likely be used clean the by God out of the barrel and start at zero.

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Old 07-08-2019, 11:46 AM
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I'd vote for the Savage BlindFaith. This is only 1 example but mine is almost ridiculously accurate. Sub MOA at 100 yards with Hornady 17 grain V-max.

https://www.budsgunshop.com/catalog/...HMR+AT+HB+WOOD

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Old 07-08-2019, 12:54 PM
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Old 07-08-2019, 01:01 PM
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I was thinking about 1 of these.

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Old 07-08-2019, 03:33 PM
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The marlin x series are budget friendly.Also very accurate.
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Old 07-08-2019, 09:57 PM
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Suggesst you save up some money and buy that Marlin you clearly like. Don't cheat yourself. My buddy has one and loves it. The accuracy is great. I've bought cheap models of guns, scopes, reloading equipment and other assorted firearm products. Without exception I upgrade later. Odds are very high that you will really like the 17 HMR. So I say GO FOR IT!!
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Old 07-08-2019, 10:20 PM
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Wyeth , buy a nice one your gonna love it . Itís fun to shoot . I bought mine a Ruger 77/17 used and am very pleased with it.

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Old 07-09-2019, 10:23 AM
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My vote is get a marlin 917V. Clean the barrel and chamber, like a madman, do the ballpoint spring trick on the trigger and your all set.
I have two 17HMR rifles, the Marlin and an Anschutz 1517D. Both ends of the price spectrum. The Marlin is as accurate as the Anschutz, not as nice to look at and the action is nowhere near a smooth but shoots accurately considering the ammo you can get for the 17HMR. Personally, I don't like any of the triggers with the blades in the middle of them, but that's my hang up. Both of mine will easily take Crows at 150 yards of Bipods.
You'll enjoy the 17 for sure, no matter what brand you get.
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Old 07-10-2019, 10:00 AM
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Recently came into some 17 HMR ammo, and was toying with the idea to get a rifle / pistol to shoot it.

I immediately thought of KSA / Crickett / Chipmunk for a rifle / pistol, but found no 17's on their site. I also contacted them, and they confirmed the 17's have been discontinued and they have none in their inventory.

There is obviously the nicer options like the CZ's, Sako Quad, Tikka T1X, Ruger American / RPR, as well as some others, but all are more than I'd like to spend.

So my options are down to used NEF / H&R single shots (seem to be in the high 100's to low 200's), or a Savage 93 (can be had pretty inexpensive for the low-grade models, especially on the used market).

The Marlin 917 also seems like an option, they seem to pop up at a decent price from time to time. The 917 VSF is gorgeous with it's peper laminate stock, stainless action and fluted barrel. However, these (the VSF) are not very budget friendly, or plentiful.

So my question to you guys, would be, what would you suggest as a budget rifle to test the waters with 17HMR?
I have several 17 HMRs, including 5 Marlin 917s, and think that the Marlin 917s are the best of the sub-$400 rifles. I like the Boyds Rimfire Hunter better than the factory stock, but the factory stock is man-size and IMO far superior to any that Savage puts on their 93R17s.
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Old 07-16-2019, 07:48 PM
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I have a savage 93r17 and it’s a decent cheaper gun. Not many mods for them but can be bad at your local Walmart for under $250. The Marlins are a little harder to find but can be around the same price. Both decent little guns that won’t break the bank. Some friends have them and they shoot comparable to each other. The marlin does seem a little better quality for whatever reason but not by much. Just my opinion.
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Old 07-16-2019, 07:49 PM
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I think ruger sells a synthetic stock with scope package for pretty cheap too.
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Old 07-21-2019, 10:00 PM
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I have a NEF / H&R single shot and I love it. I bought it brand new for $149 in 2007. It is pretty accurate, the quarter with three holes is at 100 yards, the two with the bullet stuck in them was at 200 yards. The scope is BSA platinum 36x42 new style, it is too much for hunting in the field but for bench shooting it is good. I really don't like the new style, I thought it was the old style when I bought it but when it got here it is what it is. I would like to replace it with an adjustable but for now, it's all I got so good enough.
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Old 07-22-2019, 10:52 PM
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The NEF-H&R guns with what I understand to be Marlin barrels are tack drivers. If only they had better triggers. I have shot the devil out of mine and it is a shooter as I mentioned above.
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Old 07-22-2019, 11:57 PM
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I have a couple of marlins in the 880/882 series and I like them a lot. I also have Ruger and CZ rifles but the marlin is a decent gun for the money. I would get the 917 as a budget rifle. You could probably find a blued one for under $300. Ruger and CZ are a little nicer but marlin put out a solid value and there are so many prices are more reasonable than for a used 77/17. For hunting small game the 17hmr is hard to beat for cost and range though I'm a big hm2 fan too
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